Germany Criticizes Trump, Erdogan Ahead of G-20 Meeting

Aside from Erdogan, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both set to attend the July 7-8 gathering, which will draw 41 delegations from countries and worldwide organizations.

"I would like to emphasize the following on behalf of the German federal government: President Erdogan is an important guest for us and we would welcome his participation in the G20 summit", he said.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry criticized several German politicians who opposed the Turkish president's plan to hold a speech in Germany for ethnic Turks in another diplomatic spat between the two nations. Gabriel says those requests must be handled on a case-by-case basis, according to German law.

In the context of Erdogan's visit to Hamburg, "it is regrettable that the German authorities are demanding official application for a meeting of citizens for their own regulation, on the other hand, some German politicians in Germany are making unacceptable statements based on domestic policy accounts", Huseyin Muftuoglu, Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesman, said in a written statement on Thursday.

On Wednesday Ankara has officially requested permission for Erdogan to address Germany-based Turkish citizens during his visit, Gabriel told accompanying him journalists during his trip to Russian Federation.

The German government said its new rule is a effect of that dispute, though Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel insisted that it is not specific to Turkey.

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has advised Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan not to hold public events during his trip to G20 summit.

The request comes at a time when relations between Germany and Turkey are frayed over a range of issues, and when German police resources are stretched by security for the G-20.

The ties between two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained since the failed coup in Turkey last July, and tensions have worsened over multiple issues including a referendum campaign to expand Turkish President's powers.

In the a year ago, Turkish-German relations have greatly declined.

The leaders' comments after the meeting showed that the summit is shaping up as a clash between proponents of a liberal world order, embodied by host Ms. Merkel and recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the one hand, and advocates of the antiestablishment nationalism that Mr. Trump, Mr. Putin and Mr. Erdogan have come to represent in Europe.

It said the heads of state had agreed on further contacts in the short term. She said that "the Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable".

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